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eastrock
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Posted - 06/27/2011 :  04:08:11 AM  Show Profile Send eastrock a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I find the reviews very helpful, so when a yarn hasn't been reviewed it's a bummer. Let's send our requests to the editors! I would like to read a review of a pure hemp yarn.

Milinda
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Posted - 06/27/2011 :  09:52:41 AM  Show Profile Send Milinda a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Actually, I am in the market for a good hemp yarn. So, if Clara has the time, maybe she could fit this request into her busy schedule.


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lacylaine
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USA
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Posted - 07/07/2011 :  5:35:26 PM  Show Profile Send lacylaine a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I think hemp yarn could be nice if it was soft. Or does it soften with use the way linen does?

Melanie

"Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might." Ecclesiastes 9:10

2010 FO: two pair felted clogs, two chemo caps for Mom 2011 FO: BYOB (market bag), Hedgerow Mitts, pair of wristers/sweatbands, Baby Alpaca Grande Vest; LYS mystery shawl




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Clara
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Posted - 07/08/2011 :  09:22:28 AM  Show Profile  Visit Clara's Homepage Send Clara a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Good suggestion! Consider it noted.

Also, I'm moving this out of Ideal Knitting Bag and into the yarn category so people can find it.

Clara
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Milinda
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Posted - 07/08/2011 :  2:20:19 PM  Show Profile Send Milinda a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by lacylaine

I think hemp yarn could be nice if it was soft. Or does it soften with use the way linen does?

Melanie



:: I find it gets softer and softer with washing and age.


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sjanova
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USA
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Posted - 07/08/2011 :  4:31:53 PM  Show Profile Send sjanova a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Yes, but look what you have to go through to knit it! I have resisted every request for anything made with yarn that hurts to knit. Well, except DDIL requested cotton longies for DGS#4, but then, they live in Miami Beach. Sigh. Maybe I can wash hemp yarn in the skein several times so it doesn't hurt to knit???

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Milinda
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Posted - 07/08/2011 :  4:56:50 PM  Show Profile Send Milinda a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by sjanova

Yes, but look what you have to go through to knit it! I have resisted every request for anything made with yarn that hurts to knit. Well, except DDIL requested cotton longies for DGS#4, but then, they live in Miami Beach. Sigh. Maybe I can wash hemp yarn in the skein several times so it doesn't hurt to knit???

sja



:: I did wash the skeins one time and that made it comfortable for me. I found it less daunting than cotton boucle, LOL.

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Ditzy Girl
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Posted - 07/09/2011 :  07:49:00 AM  Show Profile Send Ditzy Girl a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have some hemp that is beautiful light caramel color. I haven't knit it up yet, but my friend did and it was not bad to knit with, it knit up great and the short sleeved T looks wonderful. I just need to find a pattern. Yes it does soften up with washing.

Zola, Seattle, Wash.

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Milinda
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Posted - 07/09/2011 :  12:55:06 PM  Show Profile Send Milinda a Private Message  Reply with Quote
And, it LASTS forever. I did a sweater for someone so very many years ago, and it is still going strong and as soft as can be. He says it is his absolute favorite, go-to sweater and this person is often not kind to his clothing and that sweater is still looking fine and as comfy as a soft cotton towel.

I'm hoping Clara can find a source in her detective work that is more easily accessible. The only one I have is from Canada, and the price and the cost of getting it here is a tad bit steep. I wish there were a good source here in the States.

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minh
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USA
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Posted - 07/10/2011 :  9:24:02 PM  Show Profile  Visit minh's Homepage Send minh a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I knitted with yarns from Hemp for Knitting:
- all hemp 3 -- this is a fingering weight that felt like twine at first but the more you knit with it, the softer it gets. Once I washed my scarf, it was super soft!
http://www.lanaknits.com/usaallhemp3.html
- Hempton has both hemp and cotton, the cotton content helps makes it feel softer as well. It made a very nice washcloth.
http://www.lanaknits.com/usahempton.html
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lacylaine
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USA
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Posted - 07/18/2011 :  6:28:53 PM  Show Profile Send lacylaine a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the heads up! It's a shame we can't grow it here in the USA. I'm curious how to wash it if Milinda's friend is hard on his clothes? Can it be machine-washed?

Melanie

"Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might." Ecclesiastes 9:10

2010 FO: two pair felted clogs, two chemo caps for Mom 2011 FO: BYOB (market bag), Hedgerow Mitts, pair of wristers/sweatbands, Baby Alpaca Grande Vest; LYS mystery shawl




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Milinda
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Posted - 07/18/2011 :  7:03:11 PM  Show Profile Send Milinda a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by lacylaine

Thanks for the heads up! It's a shame we can't grow it here in the USA. I'm curious how to wash it if Milinda's friend is hard on his clothes? Can it be machine-washed?

Melanie



:: The sweater I knit was machine washable, the ONLY kind of yarn to use for that person, believe me. LOL

And I agree 100%, shame we can't grow it here since it is such a sturdy yarn that softens with age.


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